In addition to the three winning photos from the 2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards, we’re thrilled to present this gallery of 22 finalists:
Photographer: Claudia Daniels
Location and date: Cape Coral, Florida, April 26, 2017.
Description: This image depicts two affectionate Burrowing Owls. This photo was taken from a great distance in order not to disturb the birds; it was great fun to watch them interact with each other.
Gear and settings: Canon 1DX camera, and a Canon 500mm lens f/4 with a 1.4 extender. 700mm, f/8, 1/3200, ISO 800.
Thanks to our judges: Matt Mendenhall, editor of BirdWatching; Wes Pitts, editor of Outdoor Photographer; Marie Read, an award-winning nature photographer based near Ithaca, New York; and Brian E. Small, a professional nature photographer based in Los Angeles whose photos illustrate our “ID Tips” column.